Diamond Lake Trail

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Diamond Lake Trail is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1240 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Eldora: Travel west on CR #130 and then northwest on CR #111 to the 4th of July/Buckingham Park Campground. Hiking alternatives include Diamond Lake Trail from Hessie, Arapaho Glacier Trail from Rainbow Lakes, and Arapaho Pass from Monarch Lake (Hot Sulfur District). Note: Getting to the trailhead can be difficult. A high clearance all seasons car with 4-wheel drive is recommended.

18 days ago

Beautiful hike with a lake at the top! We hiked this last spring. Road driving up is pretty rocky. We meant to hike the 4th of July trail lower down on the road but couldn’t find parking anywhere so kept driving up the road and there was nowhere to turn around until you get to the parking lot at the trailhead. So we ended up hiking this trail instead. Was a pretty hike. Would do again.

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22 days ago

Snow covered on most of the track. Had to return from the middle but few were doing it completely. Good luck

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5 months ago

Snow ice the whole way. Be sure to have micro spikes. Ran out of time and had to turn back prior to the lake. No wild life but lots of tracks.

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5 months ago

Micro Spikes and waterproof hiking boots a must. Snow and ice about 80 % of the trail. Beautiful views of snow capped mountains, frozen waterfalls, frozen Diamond lake. Windy cold at the lake. Wear layers. Even with a 4x4 vehicle, the car slid backwards attempting to climb an icy road - scary but the ABS system helped. So we had to park 1.5 miles from the trailhead, making the hike 8.2 miles RT and elevation gain 1,575 feet. Definitely want to go back in the summer.

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5 months ago

Micro Spikes a must. Snow and ice about 80 % of the trail. Beautiful views of snow capped mountains

5 months ago

Used micro spikes and had no problem. Drive in was icy and a bit challenging. Beautiful hike.

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5 months ago

Gorgeous hike! Super icy in areas. Spikes would be a great choice!!

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5 months ago

Really pretty hike! One of my favorites. The day we went was 73 in Denver, but snowing here. It was pretty icy too, so I would bring yak tracks next time. Want to come back and do it in the summer.

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5 months ago

One of the best hikes within an hour of the Front Range. Micro spikes came in handy. Road was passable with Subaru. Lots of snow on the north facing trail - trail was easy thanks to earlier snowshoers. Some post-hole areas at lake area.

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6 months ago

Amazing ! A few waterfalls along the way & amazing views!

6 months ago

Great trail, today the wind was ripping and it was COLD at the top. Very icy, I would suggest using spikes. No wildlife to see today.

7 months ago

It was very icy when crossing the waterfalls and after the turnoff to the lake.

7 months ago

Beautiful hike! I loved the multiple small waterfalls and the lake was stunning! I’d recommend bringing spikes this time of year, as the last mile to the lake was icy. Also getting to the trail head was a bit rough.

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7 months ago

nice, steady climb.

7 months ago

I think Sam Waters got lost on the way to the trailhead. The trail is stunning. Multiple waterfalls, crystal blue lake, gorgeous fall colors this time of year. And pending on your fitness level it can be a good workout for you. We do this trail several times each year, highly recommend!

7 months ago

Terrible joke of a hike.

7 months ago

Hiked it 9/3/17. Great hike. Took the shuttle to the trailhead BUT NOTE it is 4 more miles on a road from where the shuttle drops you off. We grabbed a ride with a vehicle for the 4 miles. Great hike. Not too difficult like a 14'er. Pleasant hike. About 5 hours total includes drive time w shuttle. Beautiful scenery.

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7 months ago

Small parking area, so get there early! It took a while to hike up this consistent incline to the summit with the lake. But there were nice views and some small waterfalls along the way. The lake itself is a nice view and would also be a nice area to go back and camp at. Dog friendly on leash.

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8 months ago

Road to the TH was bumpy but nothing unmanageable. You can definitely do it with 2WD. The first mile isn't bad, gets bumpier the last 4, expect to go 5-20mph.

On a Saturday at 1 PM Parking was limited but we did fine a spot on the road .2 miles from TH. Hiked to the lake in about 1.5 hours. GPS said 2 miles like signs say. Then we hiked back past the lake and up along the water falling down the mountain to middle diamond lake and the up past that to upper diamond lake. RT distance from beginning of lower
Diamond lake up to middle then upper and back was 3.5 miles. The middle lake was the prettiest is my opinion.

We did this hike on 9/16 and it wasn't very muddy and I would say it was light to moderately travelled. Hike to first lake was moderate and adding on the other two made the hike a hard, but not really hard, hike. Total hiking time was 4 hours, 35 minutes over 7.5 miles. Elevation at upper lake is 11,750.

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8 months ago

Hiked this trail on the way back in to Boulder & Denver. Drizzle setup during the hike, so difficulty increased. Plenty of small streams to cross, and nice views and water falls on the way up. Fairly busy trail given the difficulty of getting to the trail head (raised 4x4 recommended).

8 months ago

This hike wasn't too difficult and the scenery was great.

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8 months ago

It's a fun and beautiful hike! Definitely recommend :)

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8 months ago

Loved the hike, made it through the roads with a WRX easily, just take your time.

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8 months ago

Mostly uphill and it gets steep near the lake. With breaks to enjoy the view, overall it took us about 3:30 hours. Very beautiful hike!!

The drive is a bit harsh on the car, so be prepared!

8 months ago

Pretty hike with a few waterfalls along the way. Road is rough and bumpy while driving to the trailhead-an SUV is needed.

8 months ago

Great hike, def recommend. Not on a busy day...too many people that don't have trail eticate.

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8 months ago

Great views... mountains, forest, water, animals! Do not need high clearance or 4WD vehicles to access the parking lot.

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8 months ago

To be honest, this was the hard one especially when you had to keep the dog on leash. We were lucky to get a parking spot, but the trail was very crowded. There is the impressive water fall in the mountains in front of you, and there was a stream coming down your side of the mountain - the water was sparkling clean.
This trail reminded me of the Heather Lake Trail in Washington, including the lake at the destination. We saw rainbow trout in the Diamond Lake. After resting a bit, we headed back to the car going up and down the mountain again. Beautiful trails, but crowded, and some owners keeping the dogs off leash - without any recall skills. Dog being friendly does not give you a right to break the rule...

hiking
8 months ago

Nice shady Trail in pine forest.

9 months ago

Absolutely stunning hike. The drive in is a little longer than you might expect as the last 5 miles are on rather bumpy dirt road. Whether it requires a raised vehicle probably depends on how much you care about your car. We took our truck and were glad. Parking is an utter beatdown in mid-summer if you don't get there early so...get there early, like by 7 or 8. We got there at ten and just finding parking took 45 mins.

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